How much rain deluged the area this morning? Depends where you live.
The Chesterton wastewater treatment plant recorded 1.6 inches in less than
two hours, from 6:50 to 8:30 a.m.
A spotter elsewhere in the county, however, was reporting fully 2 inches in
just 37 minutes and 2.66 inches between midnight and 8 a.m., David James at
the Porter County Highway Department told the Chesterton Tribune.
Stormwater systems across Duneland were having a hard time keeping up with
that much rainfall. Here in Chesterton, Broadway between Seventh Street and
12th Street was briefly under water, with pooling in roadways reported
throughout the old part of town bordered by Broadway, 15th Street, West
Porter Ave., and South Calumet Road.
“The drains were taking everything they could,” Street Commissioner John
Schnadenberg said. “And then they maxed out. It takes around 30 minutes for
the drains to catch up after it stops raining.”
Grace Lane, one of the entrances to Westchester South off Fifth Street,
looked ready to hold a water-ski competition, while the water was deep
enough on Michael Drive in Olde Towne and Duneland Cove to stall a car,
The alley behind Val’s Pizza, at Broadway and 11th StreetÑimmediately east
of the Marathon stationÑwas also shipping water, as it always does during
heavy rains, and the owner of Val’s was reporting some flooding in his
This could well be the last time the alley floods, though, with the near
completion of a lift station at the site to pump down the alley during heavy
“Very minimal” bypassing began at the wastewater treatment at 8 a.m. and
ended at 9:50 a.m., Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported. But there were no
lift station issues during the downpour, O’Dell said, with the single
exception of the Walro lift station, which serves the Deer Run Apartments on
Taylor Street. That lift station has been unpowered since Monday’s storm.
NIPSCO is aware of the outage but has not yet had the opportunity to restore
the juice, O’Dell said.
On the other side of the tracks, Porter Public Works Director Brenda
Brueckheimer had news of “flooding everywhere,” forcing the closure of
Waverly Road at State Park Road and also at Knoelke Drive as well as the
closure of Wagner Road at Six Box Lane near the VFW.
Seven lift stations in Porter were at high flows, Brueckheimer added, and
were being pumped down by the vacuum truck.
Brueckheimer warned motorists not to drive around any barricades they
might encounter or risk stalling or worse.
Across the county the situation was much the same, Deputy Highway
Superintendent David James said. Roadways all over the place had pools of
standing water yet at 8 a.m. nothing to James’ knowledge was closed except
for C.R. 125W just south of U.S. Highway 6 in Liberty Township. The folks
who live in that neighborhood were, for all practical purposes, marooned, he
said, and to add insult to injury have been without power since Monday’s
Although this morning’s rain was not accompanied generally by high winds,
some trees did nevertheless go down, weighted as they were by the rainfall,
James did say that C.R. 750W, south of Valparaiso, still remained closed, as
NIPSCO had not yet responded to that site to deal with the downed wires.
INDOT: Beware of flooded roadways
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is warning drivers to be on
the lookout for high water and debris on the roadways across the Northwest
Heavy rainfall was forecast to continue today, adding to troubles caused by
severe storms and several inches of rain affecting the area over the last 48
INDOT crews are patrolling state roads, posting high water signs or closing
roads as needed, and clearing tree limbs and debris that has fallen or blown
into the path of motorists. But the potential for obstructions is high and
drivers should use extreme caution in these conditions.
If you come across a flooded roadway, turn around. Never drive through
standing water. According to the National Weather Service most flooding
deaths occur in automobiles. Six inches of standing water is enough to stall
a car and a foot of water will float many vehicles
INDOT encourages motorists and the media in Northwest Indiana to follow
updates on high water closures or other restrictions through our social
Contact the LaPorte District toll free at (855) GO-INDOT.